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Membership Requirements


  1. Membership within Omega Beta Iota is based strictly on an applicant successfully demonstrating their osteopathic political experience through the completion of several requirements.

  2. An applicant must meet all requirements listed in category 1 and at least one requirement in both category 2 and category 3.

  3. The more involved an applicant is, the greater their chances are of being inducted. Ultimately, it is up to the discretion of the National Board if an individual meets the criteria for induction into Omega Beta Iota.


Category 1


  1. Membership in the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

  2. Successful completion of a minimum of one semester of medical school.

  3. Submission of a letter of recommendation from a politically involved individual who can attest to the applicant’s political involvement.

  4. Submission of a completed, official ΩBI application prior to the determined deadline.


Category 2


  1. Membership in the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA).

  2. Membership in your respective State Osteopathic Medical Association (i.e. if the applicant goes to school in Florida, the applicant should be a member of FOMA).

  3. Leadership role in Student Government Association or National Osteopathic Association (e.g. COSGP) and/or on campus.

  4. Osteopathic Political Action Committee (OPAC) Student Chairman’s Club Membership. 


Category 3


  1. Past participant of DO Day on Capitol Hill, COM Day on Capitol Hill, or applicant’s respective state DO Day, SOMA’s Day of Advocacy, Bureau of Emerging Leaders event, or achieve gold rank through the Osteopathic Advocacy Network

  2. Participation in local/state/national political campaigns.

  3. Participation in OBI/OPAC Education Series

  4. Participation in American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) “Ed to Med” national grassroots advocacy campaign as a Student Ambassador.

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